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15:03 Feb 25 2011
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Bloody weather...

13:59 Feb 25 2011
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...ok, a few weeks ago they went all schizo over the storm coming across the midwest. Last night we get this "Eh... Winter Weather Advisory" for today and right now the snow is blowing consistently horizontally past my window.


Big, wet snow flakes because it was warm yesterday... more dangerous conditions building up than we had for the "we're all gonna die" storm from a couple weeks ago...


Where was the freak out?


Morons.


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Morrigon
Morrigon
14:17 Feb 25 2011

Everyone is retarded.





PAGAN
PAGAN
14:26 Feb 25 2011

well...was going to say something smart-assed but Morrigon said it all. Gonna have to borrow that comment myself, its just so appropriate LOL





chrysanthemia
chrysanthemia
16:35 Feb 25 2011

Hope we get that snow where I am. . . .





RedQueen
RedQueen
19:28 Feb 25 2011

We had popcorn snow on Tuesday- you know the type, where 8 or 10 flakes get together and have an orgy. Everybody was freaking out, running for home, etc. LAST night it was -8 C, everything froze over, and I heard sirens all night long.



Morons, indeed- Floridians and hurricanes, northerners and snow- one's just as bad as the other...





Bones
Bones
08:18 Feb 26 2011

Meteorologists are like fortune tellers. I'm beginning to think they also use the same tools.





 

Really?

16:54 Feb 24 2011
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Even though the avatar even looks like it's begging, trust me, begging is not attractive. Especially when you're begging others to help you with something pretty meaningless and have nothing to offer them in return but... something pretty meaningless.


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FEH to 4:30...

10:36 Feb 24 2011
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...woken by a sharp pain in my stomach and a really whacked out dream.


And I was sleeping so well tonight too...


*sigh*


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Morrigon
Morrigon
14:51 Feb 24 2011

Maybe you made up for it by sleeping in until a quarter to ten.





birra
birra
14:54 Feb 24 2011

I thing WE did... :p





 

Oh gawd...

22:11 Feb 23 2011
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..I'm reading Morri's journal... pass the popcorn.


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Joli
Joli
22:13 Feb 23 2011

*pass* m&ms?





RedQueen
RedQueen
20:01 Feb 24 2011

ooOOOooo popcorn AND m+m's...*settles in to read...





 

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01:01 Feb 23 2011
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Medical... professional?

03:42 Feb 22 2011
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So I was just informed my nephew was diagnosed with H1N1. This is only significant since my niece is supposed to be watching my kids for a couple days on their winter break this week.


He has the sniffles. A little fever. Sore throat, which often accompanies the sniffles...


The diagnosis was made without any tests performed, at all. The doctor just said, "Ah, yeah... he has H1N1" and prescribed Tamiflu... for everyone in the family!


Does this seem a little... obnoxious? I mean - doctors might be good enough to say, "No, it's more than a cold... probably a flu..." but to know the exact strain of flu just by looking?


Seriously?


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chrysanthemia
chrysanthemia
03:50 Feb 22 2011

I had it. It is just a strain of the flu. Sick is sick, I suppose. It all sucks.



Do you have to pay for the flu shots there?





DireConsequences
DireConsequences
04:00 Feb 22 2011

When I got really sick, the doctor said H1N1 because of my symptoms. It was horrible. I could barely walk without help. The tests were never performed.



I had it, my fiance got it off of me, but my daughter (who was two at the time) never got it. So I'm glad she wasn't put on antibiotics for something she never got.



I can't see prescribing everyone in the family an antibiotic though. It seems extreme.





Bijou
Bijou
06:01 Feb 22 2011

i prefer witch doctors :P





Selkie
Selkie
06:57 Feb 22 2011

would have thought a test of some sort was needed to diagnose the strain of 'flu.





birra
birra
14:07 Feb 22 2011

Which doctor? A witch doctor...



How do you antibiotic a virus anyway?



It's just another example of my theory that most doctors are becoming pharmaceutical sales reps with medical degrees.



And yes, we can get free flu shots if you know where to look, but for the most part there is a cost to it.





Morrigon
Morrigon
14:08 Feb 22 2011

Hon, you did it again. You put "doctors" where you were supposed to put "Salesmen".





faeriemoon
faeriemoon
02:52 Feb 23 2011

That doctor is an idiot. H1N1 will knock you on your ASS just like the flu. It's not just a touch of the sniffles. In order to confirm H1N1 a test needs to be performed.



Tamiflu is an anti-viral designed to make the duration of the flu shorter. Not neccessarily a cure but, it also stops it from getting worse.



And we wonder why we've created super bacteria resistant to antibiotics...



Sorry for the rant. I just get a little heated about crap like this.





brileybeauford666
brileybeauford666
03:15 Feb 23 2011

Well, it could be the Numo virus, or the Rhino virus, or the neuro virus, or.......well you get the picture.





birra
birra
13:53 Feb 23 2011

Exactly. There are probably a brazillion viruses that can cause these symptoms. I saw the kid at bowling not even 24 hours before and he was perfectly himself. For a slight fever, sniffles and sore throat to knock him on his ass in less than a day? And from my understanding, he wasn't knocked on his ass, just icky and the fever had him a bit worn down.





sahahria
sahahria
14:40 Feb 24 2011

I'm totally with FM on this one, and you too. Grrr





 

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07:37 Feb 21 2011
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Good Morning, Buffalo

15:07 Feb 20 2011
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As a rare treat, I'm frying up some bacon to add into this morning's omelettes.


I don't know who is charge of quality control at the company that shelves this bacon, but right now I have a plate of tiny bacon scraps because some of it was cut so thin and haphazard, and in the pan I'm still frying four pieces of steakon, for the pieces that were cut so thick...


Odd.


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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
15:09 Feb 20 2011

extra cheese with mine, thanks!





birra
birra
16:05 Feb 20 2011

You've got it.



I turned them into breakfast burritos. A mix of spinach, peppers, onions, shrimp and bacon, wrapped in the spinach/pesto tortilla along with some colby-jack and salsa.



They were delish.





brileybeauford666
brileybeauford666
23:29 Feb 20 2011

Bacon is bad for you.....and it knows it.





 

Please...

00:00 Feb 20 2011
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...please. Please stop shouting all the time.


Sincerely,


Everyone.


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Poems, poems everywhere.

23:31 Feb 19 2011
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Working on a new poem... but thus far, it is complete crap and I'm stuck.


There isn't even any good snow left for me to go stick my head in it...


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I hate to be this way...

19:39 Feb 18 2011
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...but stop calling my cell phone for someone else's emergency. You planned nothing as far as a hand-off with this, we weren't informed you were changing anything and now you want me to respond moment by moment to every question someone else has after they've screwed things up?


Leave a voicemail. I'll get back to you...


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Bones
Bones
22:03 Feb 18 2011

I know the feeling... Wonderful, isn't it?





birra
birra
00:08 Feb 19 2011

Yep. Jilted because someone will "do it for less."



But... it helps if they KNOW what they're doing...





 

15:39 Feb 13 2011
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...ahh.. coffee.


But even coffee can't fix my back or hips after sleeping on that old couch. Or... more accurately, something similar to sleeping but not quite sleeping.


Stupid stomach flu.


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PAGAN
PAGAN
16:08 Feb 13 2011

poor Birra. Hope you are better soon :)





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
19:25 Feb 13 2011

feel better!!!





birra
birra
03:43 Feb 14 2011

Nah, it wasn't me... it was the kiddos. Just as bad as far as getting sleep though...





brileybeauford666
brileybeauford666
22:46 Feb 17 2011

Hope the Wee One's and your back and hips are better soon. :=)





 

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15:37 Feb 13 2011
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04:26 Feb 13 2011
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Why?

20:40 Feb 12 2011
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Why do they make a show about Roman Gladiators and have actors with British accents?


I think I'd rather the spoke Latin and give us subtitles...


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spookshow
spookshow
20:42 Feb 12 2011

O.o





Selkie
Selkie
22:10 Feb 12 2011

humph and wots wrong with British accents eh?



yup I hate having the wrong accents in movies. Braveheart was...well...naff in that respect.





Daire
Daire
22:48 Feb 12 2011

If you were to believe either Tv or the British you would realise that the British are responsible for pretty much everything ever.





xxEmaeraldxx
xxEmaeraldxx
23:09 Feb 12 2011

Heh Selkie, I agree with that! Well, there any only be one comment for this and that would be "when in Rome do what the Romans do" and vice-versa ;)





Bones
Bones
23:32 Feb 12 2011

Perhaps they're just upset that Italian men already get more attention than British men do?!! *shrugs*





 

Wha?

18:27 Feb 12 2011
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How can you be "mostly vegan?"


Does that mean, diet-speaking she doesn't eat anything that comes from animals... but she will swallow?


I don't get it.


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Selkie
Selkie
18:32 Feb 12 2011

na its gotta be eats and dont swallow haha





Robin3x3
Robin3x3
18:40 Feb 12 2011

Lol



who says she is that active??? really... who really knows? ... O_o





ThePinja
ThePinja
19:43 Feb 12 2011

..... Thats like being only a slight cannibal. I only nibble I swear!!!!





Bijou
Bijou
19:54 Feb 12 2011

My brother has a vegan diet, but owns a leather couch. He says he's not a tree hugger, he just wants to eat healthly. A vegan doesn't use, own, or eat any part of the animal.. Does this help a little :)





birra
birra
20:36 Feb 12 2011

No, it doesn't.



I understand what a vegan is. Either you are, or you're not. Veganism is a pretty strict lifestyle decision and personally, one that I find laughable. You can't live on this planet and do no harm to any other animal life. It just isn't possible or practical.





Joli
Joli
00:27 Feb 14 2011

I guess I don't agree. It is only laughable if someone uses it as a badge of honor, but humble people who aspire to do no harm...is that laughable? Even if it's unachievable? I respect the aspiration.





birra
birra
02:51 Feb 14 2011

We wouldn't have evolved or even survived as a species striving for a vegan lifestyle...



...minimizing harm, I have no problem with. For me, it's more about respecting life than trying to never do damage to anything non-vegetable.





 

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15:53 Feb 11 2011
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Triangular prisms...

15:23 Feb 11 2011
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...like shinning white light through a triangular prism - the light is refracted and divided into separate wavelengths revealing what is actually there but cannot be seen with the naked eye. The prism aids us in seeing more than what we could without it.


Three sides... one light... millions of details, but in the end, what is seen is always what the individual's eye wants to see.


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Selkie
Selkie
16:23 Feb 11 2011

ypu guess you could say reality is all relative, or subjective even :P





RedQueen
RedQueen
20:29 Feb 11 2011

We have an oil lamp like that- it is sitting just so in the bookcase so that occasionally, when we actually HAVE sunlight coming through the big bay window, I get dozens of little rainbows dancing all over the walls.





birra
birra
15:38 Feb 12 2011

Yes, Selkie. Reality is subjective and always at the mercy of how an individual wants to perceive it.





 

Wow...

17:24 Feb 10 2011
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...a mowhawk hair-doo and an expression on your face that shouts, "OH MY GAWD, I WILL NEVER UNSEE WHAT I JUST SAW."


Perfect.


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NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
22:44 Feb 10 2011

Now...



Is that a good see or a bad see? XP





 

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15:10 Feb 10 2011
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15:37 Feb 07 2011
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Huh...

13:07 Feb 02 2011
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...about two inches of snow over night... a little freezing rain, but the forecast totally missed that.


Game on...


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sahahria
sahahria
15:36 Feb 02 2011

Yup was total let down... What's worse is all the schools are closed here so parents with youngins had to stay home :-/





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
17:27 Feb 02 2011

You know what's surprising to me? Given all the technological advancements at local TV stations' disposal; high-falutin' meteorological degrees, computers, Doppler radar, weather-modeling, etc, their predictions in the last few years seem to be very VERY off. They don't seem to have any sense of accuracy when it comes to the severity of storms.



My grandmother had an ancient brass barometer in her kitchen that was, by comparison, pretty damned accurate. Just as long you don't want a 5-day forecast.





birra
birra
20:01 Feb 02 2011

Yesterday when they closed the schools for today, I looked at the radar maps and said, "We're really not going to get anything until tomorrow around 2."



Around 2, the winds picked up. It started snowing a bit, but it's more the drifting and the ice from the overnight rain that is causing any issues.





brileybeauford666
brileybeauford666
21:30 Feb 02 2011

My god, you've become one of those old guys that watch the weather channel...without end. And make sure you buy bread and milk. Oh, and condoms...lots and lots of condoms.





 

OH GAAAAAWWWDDD!

20:32 Feb 01 2011
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LOOK AT ALL THE PINK AND GRAY ON THE MAP! IT'S COMING! WE ALL MUST PREPARE! THIS IS IT! RUSH OUT AND GET WATER AND BREAD FOR THE END IS NEAR!!!!!




...*ahem*... sorry, just been reading the Weather Reports a bit too much today...

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Selkie
Selkie
20:33 Feb 01 2011

*ahem*



hah. Best journal today :P





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
20:41 Feb 01 2011

--.-- I dislike you.





birra
birra
20:42 Feb 01 2011

This is ridiculous. They already announce my school district is closing for tomorrow. It hasn't even snowed here yet today!



They're going on this wild assumption that the weather forecast is RIGHT? Since when has that happened???





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
20:45 Feb 01 2011

Mayan glyphs were translated recently. They said:

OH SHIT! Bad storm is predicted! Stock up on bread, water, batteries, and candles!



Looks like they got the date wrong.



I wouldn't lie to you.





Robin3x3
Robin3x3
20:48 Feb 01 2011

Lol sighs. i love news for just this.... good entertainment lol





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
23:43 Feb 01 2011

They haven't closed the schools here yet, even though we had well over a foot fall with more starting back up in the morning. ;)



We should celebrate! More snow!





I am kidding, of course, about the celebrating...





chrysanthemia
chrysanthemia
13:20 Feb 02 2011

My college is closed.



I can see it from here. I'm pretty sure I could brave the perils of a little snow to write the test I HAD today.



But, noooo. . . .





RedQueen
RedQueen
04:03 Feb 03 2011

Sounds like when a hurricane is coming- everybody binges out on plywood, bottled water, and toilet paper-



Priorities man, you got to have priorities





Bones
Bones
22:40 Feb 11 2011

Just move in with Cancer. He stocks up for nine months in advance.





 

Spam message subjects...

18:49 Feb 01 2011
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I look through my spam folder - often my spam-nazi'esque filter tosses something in there that I need. The spam I find in there though... astounds me sometimes.


"You would, would you, accused camera?"


"Geronimo, side-whiskered pleased"


"Good day, burning buzzing!"


"Hello, staining swear"


"HOLA, careless freed"


"How're you doin, backward stallg?"





It's poetry in motion, I tell ya...


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moonkissed
moonkissed
19:27 Feb 01 2011

LOL! I have thought about pasting them all together to see if I could find the meaning of the universe.





NocturnalMistress
NocturnalMistress
23:21 Feb 05 2011

I had one today:



Gigantic Pong with balls atteched, furrierly the bush...



I was like... Err wtf?





 

Oh, really?

14:29 Feb 01 2011
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Issued by The National Weather Service

Buffalo, NY

7:41 am EST, Tue., Feb. 1, 2011


... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM EST WEDNESDAY...


A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM EST WEDNESDAY.


* LOCATIONS... NIAGARA FRONTIER... GENESEE VALLEY AND NORTHERN FINGER LAKES.


* TIMING... LATE THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.


* HAZARDS... HEAVY SNOW.


* ACCUMULATIONS... 8 TO 14 INCHES.


* WINDS... NORTHEAST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH CAUSING EXTENSIVE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.


* VISIBILITIES... LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.


* IMPACTS... TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING IN HEAVY SNOW ALONG WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.


I didn't even realize we had "bad" weather predicted until I heard people talking about it yesterday. I was completing a network turn-up at a Salvation Army store and listening to the people working there talking... or, fretting... about it.


#1. "Oh my goodness. Did you hear about the storm we're going to get?"


#2. "Oh my, yes! It is hitting everywhere from Oklahoma to Maine."


#1. "Oh my goodness. They said the temperature could go down to -24."


#2. "Oh my, yes! And a lot of snow..."


Ugh... yes. But you know, it's the middle of winter in Buffalo, people. It's not like this is a RARE occurrence. We get one or two good snow storms a year. This happens. We go through it every year. It hits, it passes. We plow, we shovel, life doth go on.


And despite what the "Doppler 2000 Doomsday Forecast" above says, I'm not running out to the store to get groceries this morning. In fact, I'm looking at the maps right now and I don't see it. Forgive me for not joining in on the panic, but I'm used to the weather forecasts for this area being wrong half of the time and the other half, they're just inaccurate.


So, no panic for me... unless I need something special for my seafood gumbo for tomorrow...


That is, if Joli ever sends me her recipe... ;)


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Selkie
Selkie
14:37 Feb 01 2011

LOL folk just like to panic/complain methinx. Its exactly the same here, every year! We have miserable weather all year round and snow in May for gawds sake is nothing new.



This week looks particularly grim...however...we survived the last 'hurricane', we will survive the next one too and nothing will make me stock up on the essentials like my fellow islanders do each time the wind looks set to rise. Heh. I quite like the idea of waiting it out and making do.





Abstract
Abstract
14:56 Feb 01 2011

You get those "winter weather" things too? Because the fact there is snow didn't give it away? XD



We got the awesome wind chill warnings this morning. I give up at looking at them unless they say the extreme cold warning. Then I worry a bit and crank the heat more.



Stay warm and enjoy some good food. Maybe a few drinks. :)





birra
birra
15:02 Feb 01 2011

Yep. Looking forward to those windchills and sub-zero's this weekend...





Morrigon
Morrigon
15:18 Feb 01 2011

Hehe driving. Heheh.





moonkissed
moonkissed
16:23 Feb 01 2011

The big un is still way south it looks like. Just starting the trek across Illinois.








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